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Surviving Everyday LifeThe Securityscapes of Threatened People in Kyrgyzstan$
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Marc von Boemcken, Nina Bagdasarova, Aksana Ismailbekova, and Conrad Schetter

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529211955

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529211955.001.0001

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The Space–Time Continuum of the ‘Dangerous’ Body: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Securityscapes in Kyrgyzstan

The Space–Time Continuum of the ‘Dangerous’ Body: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Securityscapes in Kyrgyzstan

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(p.179) 8 The Space–Time Continuum of the ‘Dangerous’ Body: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Securityscapes in Kyrgyzstan
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Surviving Everyday Life
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Nina Bagdasarova

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529211955.003.0008

From the perspective of large parts of Kyrgyz society, 'non-traditional' relations do not only pertain to ethnically mixed couples but equally to same-sex partnerships. This chapter takes a look at the securityscapes of individuals from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Bishkek, who face similarly dire consequences if their sexual orientation or gender preference is found out. Their everyday life in public thus often resembles a continual masquerade. The chapter focusses, in particular, on an LGBT nightclub in the capital city. It argues that the stress of having to keep disguising oneself may occasionally excite moments of excess and frenzy, of experiencing one's 'true' self only in a temporary act of transgressing the norms of profane life.

Keywords:   Kyrgyzstan, Queer Studies, LGBT community, Homophobia, Everyday security, LGBT nightclub

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